Monday, March 23, 2009

Saint Gratus of Aosta

Saint Gratus of Aosta
Memorial

* 7 September

Profile

Priest. Bishop of Aosta, Italy some time after 451. He evangelized his people, established charities, and was known as a miracle worker.

Died

* c.470 in Aosta, Italy of natural causes
* some relics in the collegiate church of Sant’Orso, Aosta

Canonized

* Pre-Congregation

Patronage

* against animal attacks
* against fear of insects
* against fire
* against hail
* against lightning
* against rain
* against storms
* Aosta, Italy
* insectophobics
* vineyards

Representation

* bishop carrying the head of Saint John the Baptist and a bunch of grapes (refers to a legend about a vision he received)
* bishop with lightning flashing near him

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